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Red Cross has critical need for blood donations

Supply at lowest in 15 years

August 20, 2012
The American Red Cross has a critical need for blood donations, as it announced last month its blood supply level had dipped to a 15-year low.

While summer months are typically rough for the nonprofit, as schools and colleges that often hold blood drives are closed and travelers take off for vacations, this year has been worse than most. According to their website, when the organization received 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June, their blood supply sank to emergency levels.

American Red Cross of Massachusetts spokesperson Jecoliah Ellis said several factors made for "the perfect storm" this summer as far as blood donations went, including warm weather earlier in the season, a mid-week July 4 holiday that closed down businesses that typically hold blood drives in early July, and a decrease in student participations at blood drives, a population that makes up about 15 percent of the organization's donors.

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